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Unlimited Possibilities: Commencement 2012

Posted: Dec. 13, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin tower was lit burnt orange during the weekend of Dec. 7-9 to honor 3,100 students who graduated at the end of the fall semester.

Answering the Call: Alternate-entry nursing student finds her voice as health policy advocate

Posted: Dec. 10, 2012

Before graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, University of Texas at Austin graduate nursing student Kate Bell thought she had a handle on what she wanted to do in life. But after landing a job in sales with a local radio station, something didn’t feel right.

Donor Spotlight: From the ICU to the Oil Patch

Posted: Dec. 4, 2012

As a child growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast, Pat Blandford always loved science. So, after graduating from high school, she followed her sister’s example and went into nursing school.

United in Adversity: Super storm Sandy brings health-care providers together to help their ravaged communities

Posted: Nov. 28, 2012

When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in late October, health-care professionals across the region sprang into service to bring relief to the thousands of injured and displaced. The following is an account by Gail Ingram, University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing alumna (2004), and current New York state resident.

Improved Health Care for Central Texans: Voters say “Yes” to University of Texas at Austin Medical School

Posted: Nov. 20, 2012

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Travis County voters made history by voting overwhelmingly for proposition 1, which ultimately will provide funding for a medical school in Central Texas.

The Future of Health Care: Health Policy Workshop Sheds Light on Health-Care Access and Delivery in Central Texas

Posted: Nov. 20, 2012

The U.S. population is rapidly aging. By 2030, 71 million Americans, or about 20 percent of the population, will be 65 or older. These individuals are at high risk for complex health problems, chronic illness and disability, and constitute the most frequent users of health care.

Faculty Research: Innovative research sets UT Austin School of Nursing apart

Posted: Nov. 12, 2012

Nurse researchers at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing address the needs of underserved populations in the state and beyond by conducting National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies that focus on health behaviors and health promotion across the lifespan.

Texas Fight, Longhorn Nursing-style: School of Nursing's first-ever tailgate was a big hit

Posted: Nov. 12, 2012

On Saturday, Nov, 10, the School of Nursing held its first-ever “Party on the Patio” before the Texas vs. Iowa State game. More than 50 faculty, staff and students and family got together on the School of Nursing's back patio and really showed some Longhorn Nursing pride.

Hope for Haiti: School of Nursing alumna volunteers for medical mission trip

Posted: Oct. 22, 2012

It was a simple email that Beth Jackson (MSN, CNS, 2002) received earlier this year that started it. After reading about plans to gather a medical team to travel to Haiti to provide relief to inhabitants of Leogane, the town that had been the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake, she immediately knew it was something she wanted to do.

A Prescription for Excellence: The Family Wellness Center provides quality health care for low-income patients and hands-on training to nursing students

Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

EDUCATION. RESEARCH. SERVICE. These comprise the mission of The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. And no other component of the School of Nursing so thoroughly fulfills that assignment as the Family Wellness Center.

School of Nursing congratulates The University of Texas at Austin on vault into top 25 ranking

Posted: Oct. 4, 2012

Today the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, one of the most authoritative assessments of universities, and certainly one of the most prestigious, announced that the University of Texas at Austin had moved into the number 25 spot on its latest top 25 ranking.

A Brave New World: How technology in the classroom is changing nursing education

Posted: Oct. 2, 2012

When Corinne Grimes, PHD, RN, began teaching nursing students 30 years ago, no one knew what an iPad or iClicker were, much less how to use them. Students were expected to take notes with paper and pen because laptop computers hadn’t been invented, and Twitter was still just a gleam in a young boy’s eye.

Career in Nursing: Student explores the many facets of a career in nursing

Posted: Oct. 2, 2012

His mother was a nurse and his father a teacher, but Eduardo Chavez had other ideas about what he wanted to do with his life. After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology/entomology, he pictured himself happily spending the rest of his life in a lab studying ants.

Donor Spotlight: Funding frontline nursing education means a healthier future for all

Posted: Oct. 2, 2012

The first time she stepped into the neonatal intensive care unit at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas, Christy Dauphin wasn’t sure what to expect. Surrounded by the blinking lights of the monitors and the tense expressions of anxious parents, she realized pretty quickly, however, that the arc of this learning curve would be steep and provide little margin for error.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Award

Posted: Oct. 2, 2012

Linda Yoder, associate professor and director of the nursing administration graduate concentration, was named an Executive Nurse Fellow by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Student Awards and Scholarships

Posted: Oct. 2, 2012

The School of Nursing is proud of all its students, but now and again some of them are recognized beyond these hallowed halls for their intelligence, diligence and dedication. During 2012, the following six students garnered some of the most prestigious awards available to students in any discipline.

September SONstar - Rachel Whitefield

Posted: Sept. 26, 2012

Congratulations to our September SONstar Rachel Whitefield! The School of Nursing values its employees. As a way of recognizing members of staff for their important contributions, we believe in rewarding staff employees who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the University and the School.

Preparing for the Unthinkable: Student nurses take part in mock disaster drill

Posted: Sept. 19, 2012

Texas, including Austin, dodged a bullet last month when Hurricane Isaac made landfall on the Louisiana coast. Vulnerable as the region is to hurricanes, tornados, fires and flooding, the threat of a disaster event is all too real.

Hooked on Nursing Education: School of Nursing welcomes four tenure/tenure-track faculty members

Posted: Sept. 5, 2012

The School of Nursing is pleased to welcome four new tenure/tenure-track faculty members and two new clinical faculty members this semester.

Closing the Book on an Era: School of Nursing Bids Farewell to Librarian Nancy Hall

Posted: Aug. 31, 2012

Hall took a moment recently from packing up nearly four decades of memories to reminisce about the faculty, staff and students she has known and the many changes she has witnessed at the school.

What I did this summer: Nursing student gets opportunity to see and help change the world around us

Posted: Aug. 22, 2012

Elizabeth Heitkemper is in her third and final year of the Alternate Entry Master’s in Nursing program. She is specializing in Public Health with a focus in biobehavioral health and chronic disease management.

Longhorn Nurses in Australia: Sigma Theta Tau International holds 23rd Research Congress in Brisbane.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2012

Longhorn nurses Penny Flores and Lisa Cleveland recently traveled to Brisbane, Australia, for the Sigma Theta Tau International’s 23rd International Nursing Research Congress.

Nursing Professors at The University of Texas at Austin receive one of nursing’s highest honors

Posted: Aug. 1, 2012

Three faculty members in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in nursing. Dr. Linda Carpenter, Dr. Alexandra Garcia and Dr. Gayle Timmerman are among 176 nurse leaders selected to be inducted during the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting on Oct. 13, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Distinguished Graduates Spring 2012

Posted: Aug. 1, 2012

Eduardo Chavez is the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and Elena Garcia is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Congratulations to our distinguished graduates!

Enthusiastic Welcome: Former Nursing Student, now Government Administrator, receives enthusiastic welcome

Posted: July 6, 2012

Students and faculty alike were thrilled when Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, and Health Resources Services administrator, recently took time out of her busy schedule to pay a visit to her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

Donor Spotlight: Dallas couple’s gift will help shape the future of nursing

Posted: May 16, 2012

Like many alumni, David and Nancy Temple are proud of their Longhorn lineage. The two met on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin when he was a business major and she was about to enroll in the School of Nursing. And it’s a family affair: David and Nancy, their son and David’s brother and father are Life Members of the Texas Exes.

Thinking Outside the Hospital: Public health student learns to act globally

Posted: May 16, 2012

Rhonda Nembhard finds people fascinating, so she pursued an undergraduate degree in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin. She loves to travel, so she took a job as a Frontier Airlines flight attendant. She felt called to help others, so she entered The UT Austin School of Nursing’s master’s degree program.

Cardiovascular nursing expert discusses safety and patient-centered care

Posted: May 16, 2012

Sean Clarke, RBC chair in Cardiovascular Nursing Research at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital and deputy director of Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto, Canada, had much to say about hospital safety and improved patient care at the 2012 Laverne Gallman Distinguished Lectureship in Nursing.

Experts Gather to Discuss Ways to Improve Public Health in Texas

Posted: May 16, 2012

What is driving the rapid rise of health care spending and is it possible to reign in costs without compromising public health? These questions are on the minds of health care providers, consumers, and government and community leaders across the nation.

Family Wellness Center Gets $108,509 Grant from Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Posted: May 7, 2012

The funds will be used to support the center’s Women’s Wellness Program, which provides free breast cancer screening services and follow-up for low-income women in Austin and Travis County. Past gifts from the organization to the Women's Wellness Program total more than $1 million.

May SONstar - Alice Vallejo

Posted: May 3, 2012

Congratulations to our May SONstar Alice Vallejo! The School of Nursing values its employees. As a way of recognizing members of staff for their important contributions, we believe in rewarding staff employees who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the University and the School.

Undergraduate Student Research Projects 2012 | Graduate Student Research Projects 2012

Posted: April 5, 2012

Research is at the core of both the School of Nursing and The University of Texas at Austin mission statements, and as such is fundamental to our purpose. The research performed by School of Nursing students prepares our graduates to be the future of nursing research. We are proud to highlight a selection of student research here.

School of Nursing joins with the College of Pharmacy at Explore UT

Posted: March 20, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy proved once again the adage that two heads are better than one as they worked in tandem to put on fun and informative exhibits during Explore UT.

Children’s Wellness Center’s Prescription for Young Readers

Posted: Feb. 27, 2012

On a typical day in the brightly painted waiting room of the Children’s Wellness Center, 30 to 35 children wait anxiously for their appointment with the nurse practitioner. In spite of the staff’s warm smiles and high fives, it’s hard for the kids to remember that a visit to the center will make them feel better soon.

School of Nursing Celebrates Grand Opening of Popular Café

Posted: Feb. 27, 2012

What do faculty, staff and students at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing have in common? They get hungry. Until recently that meant sprinting across campus between classes or meetings to grab something for a quick bite or risking the wrath of campus police for dubious parking practices just to satisfy a grumbling tummy.

Dr. Tracie Harrison Wins Geriatric Research Award

Posted: Feb. 9, 2012

Dr. Tracie Harrison, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to receive the 2012 Southern Nursing Research Society/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award.

Summer 2012 Freshman Signature Courses

Posted: Feb. 9, 2012

January SONstar - Shane Scott

Posted: Jan. 6, 2012

Congratulations to our January SONstar Shane Scott! The School of Nursing values its employees. As a way of recognizing members of staff for their important contributions, we believe in rewarding staff employees who demonstrate a commitment to the goals and values of the University and the School.